Good Old Fashioned Seattle Whiskey Cocktails

Good Old Fashioned Seattle Whiskey Cocktails

You don’t have to go to be a mad man to enjoy a good old fashioned whiskey cocktail. Get Southern with a mint julep or Sazerac. Jet set to the East coast with a Manhattan. Do you like it sweet with a smash or sour with lemon? As I learned from my interview with Women Who Love Whiskey, Washington has more whiskey distilleries per capita than any other state, city, or county which is one of the reasons why you can be sure Seattle is well-versed in the language whiskey cocktails.

You don’t have to fly across the pond to experience Ireland. Fado is your portal to the Dublin pub scene situated conveniently in Pioneer Square. Kick start the day or night with an Irish Breakfast Shot: Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and butterscotch schnapps, an OJ chaser, plus smoky bacon garnish.

Canon : Whiskey and Bitter Emporium
Canon is an internationally recognized hub for world class cocktails with an emphasis on whiskey. The vintage-style mahogany interior whisks patrons into a coinsurer’s dream world. Get reservations then post up with a Truffle Old Fashioned: truffle infused cognac, tonka, vanilla, and Canon's own Boudreau's Bokers Bitters.

Macleods Fish & Chips
The bagpipes will ring when you step into the authentic digs of this Scottish haven. Macleod’s opened in Ballard last summer and has made a name serving an impressively extensive list of scotches. Channel your inner rugged Celt and get the Inverness Mule: Scotch, ginger beer, Peychaud’s Bitters, Laphroaig, fresh lime juice. Best enjoyed with bangers and mash or shepard’s pie.

Barrel Thief
This is one of my favorite Seattle bars. Their spirits are handpicked and have a focus on small bath brands rather than major names. In classic Fremont fashion, expect the energy to be busy but chill. Try the Diplomatic Immunity with Sodo’s Westland Distillery Peated Single Malt Whiskey, apple brandy, pineau des charentes, amaro nonino, bitters.

The bar staff at Liberty is famed for vast knowledge of spirits. Go to Liberty if you want to dive through a whole new world of craft cocktails designed to tantalize your palate. From Irish whiskeys to bourbon, scotch and more rare whiskeys like Japan’s Nikka 15 “Yoishi”/21 year. Torn up about what to get? Have a taste of two worlds with the Irish Blood, English Heart Pimm’s: Irish whiskey, ginger beer, Simcoe Hops Bitters.

Make your own whiskey cocktail with this recipe adapted from Bon Appétit:

The Nellie Kuh
1 tablespoon very finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon sugar
Lime wedge (for glass)
2 ½ oz. Woodinville Whiskey 100% Rye Microbarreled™ Whiskey
1 oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. Craft Elixers Ginger Grass syrup
¼ teaspoon orange-flower water

Combine ginger and sugar on a small plate, rubbing together with your fingers to combine (should be sandy; this will help the ginger stick to rim. Rub the rim of a coupe glass with lime wedge and dip rim into ginger mixture to coat. Combine whiskey, lime juice, ginger syrup and orange blossom water in a cocktail shaker; fill shaker with ice and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared glass.

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